We have a bunch of shared access computers that everyone has to use, and we don’t want the machines to be compromised. Here are some rules that should not be too onerous, however Rob will disable accounts that don’t follow the rules.
You should use strong passwords, and that really means sentences or phrases. It does not equate to the number of capitals or punctuation in your password.
From time to time we will run password crackers on all machines in the lab. If your account has a weak password it will be disabled without notice.
You should not share your password – that is a common way for machines to get hacked and accounts to be abused. If you need to share data, you can either change the permissions on your account or you can set up a common working area (see below).
Common working areas
Many machines have a directory like /data. Write access is typically asserted at the group level, and you may need to be added to the group to write to the directory. Let an admin know if you need to be added.
Please do not download nr, viral nr, seed nr, or other directories to your home directory. The chances are high that (a) we have them somewhere, and (b) others will want them. If everyone downloads the databases we will run out of disk space quickly.
(1) Convert the poster file into a PDF file
(2) Create a screen capture of the PDF file (e.g. import the PDF to Photoshop) and save it as GIF file with the longest dimension being 200px
(3) Copy the PDF file to the edwards.sdsu.edu server under /var/www/html/labsite/media/poster/
(4) Copy the GIF file to the edwards.sdsu.edu server under /var/www/html/labsite/images/stories/poster/
(5) Add the new poster image and description to the poster web page (make sure it is added to the correct year)
Step 1: Choose a paper. Have a different person choose the paper every week. Check the previous Journal Clubs here to see who chose one the longest time ago. Let new lab members join the club a few times so they can see what it is like before asking them to choose a paper themselves.
Step 2: Ask them to come up with papers that represent the Cutting Edge of Science. Think about:
– papers that present something new (e.g. a novel data set or approach)
– papers should preferentially be recent (so that we can use the new insights/data promptly)
– if the paper appeared in a lower-impact journal, this could avoid it having been noticed by competing groups 😉
– review papers are good to learn some background, but they usually do not represent the Cutting Edge of Science.
Step 3: Use the “Add content” link to post the paper on the Edwards Lab Site http://edwards.sdsu.edu/labsite/index.php/intranet/journal-club. Mention who chose the paper and when we are discussing it.
Step 4: Send out an email to the Edwards Lab mailing list telling them which paper to read and the date of the Journal Club. Attach a PDF of the paper. Also, tell everyone to really read the paper, or the Journal Club will lose its meaning.
Step 5: While reading, try to understand what the paper is about. If something is not clear, discuss it with the others.
Step 6: During the Journal Club discussion, remember the following points:
– Think about how we can use the information presented in the paper in our own research.
– Try to focus on positive things – trashing something is just too easy.
Step 1: Get administrator status within the system, specifically access to the User Manager.
Step 2: Log in to the administrator backend. http://edwards.sdsu.edu/labsite/administrator
Step 3: Go to the user manager, click New. Add in all the relevant information: full name, username, email address, password. Give them the status required to do what they need to, usually Registered or Author. Hit save, not apply.
Step 4: Go to the category manager. Make a new category attached to the lab blog section. Pretty simple. “Joe’s lab blog”, etc. Sort it alphabetically if you want. I did, just for ease of looking through to make sure everyone has a blog page that needs one.
Step 5: Go to Lab Blogs inside the Menus dropdown menu. Add a new one, a Category Blog Layout, and select your category from the menu on the right hand side. Apply then save. Make sure to sort the menu alphabetically. This is what users will see on the right hand side when browsing lab blogs, so this is not an option!
Step 6: Done.